Caitlin Martin
September 26, 2007
Structures of Math
Dr. Rodano
Reflection #3
Suppose one your students wrote the following statement in his math journal: “I do not
understand what an equation is.” Explain how you would help him with his
understanding.
If one of my students did not understand what equations were, I would give
him/her a few examples to look at. For instance I would write on the board two separate
problems: 10+5=15 and 10+5. I would ask the students to discuss with their partner
which of these was an equation and which one was not. I would ask the students for their
input first and take a poll of who thinks what. Afterward, I would tell them the correct
answer and explain why.
The easiest way I think would be to start by asking the students where the word
“equation” comes from. Eventually, someone will come up with the word “equal”. In
math, the most common symbol used everyday is an equal sign. After doing that, they
can look for whichever group of numbers and/or symbols are separated by an equal sign.
That would be an equation.
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 Spring '07
 Rodano
 Math, Elementary algebra, equal sign, Caitlin Martin

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